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Not So Merry-go-Round

I headed toward the main entrance of the hospital thankful they had the twirly-merry-go-round doors because my hands were full of food. (Hospital food can get old fast (like immediately…don’t eat it) so I was making a food run for my friend whose son was ill.) Back to the doors…you know the doors I’m talking about, right?

They don’t actually open to the outdoors. They just go around in a circle—you kind of just step in and it rotates you in or out depending on where you start.

This particular merry-go-round door is very large. I suppose it’s made that way so that wheelchairs will fit. If no one is inside, it sits idle. But, when people step in, in starts to move you around to the other side of the glass.

Are you getting this mental picture?

So—I walked up to the merry-go-round door and stepped inside. There was another couple going in, but they chose to go through the “doors”. I remember thinking how they chose the less energy efficient route and mentally patted myself on the back for being a better steward of nature than they were. There was a teenaged boy sitting on the other side of glass. He looked up at me, and then back down at his phone. Inside with me was a plant. I thought it was strange to put a plant in there only to have it turn circles all day long…

Wait. I’m not moving. I’m just standing here on the wrong side of the glass. Maybe I’m supposed to move to trigger this thing.

I stepped forward. Nothing.

Two steps forward. Nothing.

Two steps backward. Nothing.

I stood still and stared at the glass. (Apparently I thought telepathy might work.)

The boy looked up at me again. I smiled. He looked back down at the phone completely unamused. (Whew. I was worried he might think I was stupid, but he obviously didn’t care that I was alive.) I looked around.

No one seems to be watching. I’ll just nonchalantly step out of here and use the regular non-efficient door.

I stepped out of the merry-go-round door and swung around to the regular door and there stood a man holding the door for me.

Great. He saw me. I’m sure I looked foolish…but it wasn’t MY fault the door wasn’t rotating. Was it? Maybe I didn’t know what I was doing. Was I supposed to do something? He probably thinks I’m a dumb blonde. Best to just laugh…

“The door wasn’t working.” I said with a shrug and let out a nervous goofy sounding giggle.

He looked at me with the same look as the teenaged boy (what is the deal with that look??!!!) and walked on.

Several years ago, that situation would have been extremely traumatic for me. I would have been terribly embarrassed and dwelled on the situation for hours afterward. I would have beat myself up for being dumb—and worried about what other people thought of me.

Now? Now I assume they thought I was silly—or they simply didn’t care at all. And, I look at it for it is—a funny situation. It was funny. I was funny. I looked silly! Hopefully the security guards that watch the cameras got a good laugh. Because, let’s face it, there isn’t much to laugh about at the hospital.

And, you know what else? It reminded me that the way that looks easy—it’s not always the easy way.

Sometimes I think, “Oh yah. This is what I’m supposed to do. I’m just going to walk through this door and life is going to be a breeze. I’ll just step in and God will just swing me to the other side.” And then—Nothing.

Nothing happens. Life just stands still. I try doing this. I try doing that. Nothing.

In those times I have to step out. Reevaluate. Ask God if that was really the door He wanted me to go through. And, sometimes, He has an entirely different direction for me. It may be a little more difficult or it may be humbling. But, it still gets me to the other side.

Be willing to go with the flow a little bit more. Be able to laugh at yourself. Be open to stepping back and asking God if He has a different plan. And, when He shows you that plan, walk forward and don’t look back.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP)

Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].

Originally published 10-18-15 on

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Life is full of doors.

There are tight doors that we can barely squeeze through.

Some doorways don’t have an actual door and we can just breeze in and out as we like.

Think of the doors that are so pretty that we like to admire them and take our time before entering.

Other doors are so ugly and worn that we hate to see what’s on the other side.

Many doors have warning signs to only open “in case of emergency”.

There are doors that push open easily and doors that we struggle to move.

What about the doors that we can’t budge or the ones that slam shut behind us?

So are the doorways, or choices, of our lives.

Making decisions and knowing what direction to take in life can be…interesting.

Sometimes we make a decision at the very last minute and barely make it to the place we need to be. Other times the path we’re supposed to take is so clear we hardly have to consider it and just KNOW which way to go.

There are times when the realization of the turn our lives have taken is so exciting and exhilarating, we want to just stand and enjoy it before we delve into our new adventure. And, then it may be that we know the decision we are to make, but we hesitate because we know it’s going to be unpleasant.

What about the times we want to do something so badly, but our instincts, our “guts”, are telling us to beware? Do we do it anyway?

Sometimes  what we hope and wish for simply opens up for us and other times we have really work to make the dream come true.

And, at times, no matter how much we desire something, it may just never open up for us. Or, perhaps we begin a new journey thinking we can always go back, but the past is shut out forever.

I’ve often told my boys not to be in a rush to grow up. One of the most difficult parts of being an adult is having to make choices and decisions and then deal with the outcome of those choices, whether they be positive or negative.

This is where prayer comes in. My husband and I pray over every decision. There have been some things we have really desired and prayed over the matter. But, over the years we’ve learned to pray something like this: “Lord, we really want _______. We pray that you will give us favor. Lord, our desire is that you make ___________ possible for us. However, we know that You know all things. You know what is best for us and you know what direction our lives should go. So, we pray that you will open doors where they should be opened and close the doors that we should not enter….”

There is a peace that comes over us by allowing God to be our director. His door is always the right door.

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